E-mu SP-12 Drum Machine

E-mu SP-12 Drum Machine

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This E-mu P-12 sampling drum computer was first released in 1986 by E-mu Systems. It is a drum sampler machine at twelve bits, allowing the user to sample and augment drum sounds. It has a 5000-note memory enabling the E-mu P-12 to store 100 songs.
E-mu Systems was founded in 1971 as a software synthesizer, audio interface, MIDI interface, and MIDI keyboard manufacturer based in Scotts Valley, California.
Object Name
date made
E-mu Systems, Inc.
place made
United States: California, Santa Cruz
Physical Description
plastic (overall material)
metal (overall material)
overall: 7 in x 19 in x 15 1/4 in; 17.78 cm x 48.26 cm x 38.735 cm
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accession number
catalog number
serial number
model number
Credit Line
Gift of Tim Simcox
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Exhibition Location
National Museum of American History
Data Source
National Museum of American History
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So good that this is on display. This machine was not only made in the USA but went on to revolutionize the music industry in the mid to late 80’s.

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